Horror films have been a cult genre for decades in Hollywood. Ever since Alfred Hitchcock took the genre to the summit with his array of filming techniques, the genre had risen to a somewhat mainstream following. In recent times, it has experienced a decline in popularity but it still boasts of psychological thrillers like the 2010 remake of I Spit On Your Grave. The critically panned film was led by Sarah Butler who played the character, Jennifer Hills. Sarah has been a notable name in the horror genre and could be described as a Scream Queen. Who is Sarah Butler? Here are a few things to learn about the actress.
Sarah Butler’s Bio, Age
Sarah Butler was born on February 11, 1985, and she did her growing up in Puyallup, Washington where she developed a strong interest in the arts. At the moment, other details about her childhood life and parents are unknown, she has, however, been spotted appearing on red carpets with her father.
She attended and graduated from Rogers High School in 2003 after which she moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California to study theatre. She, however, did not finish college but rather dropped out in pursuit of her goal which was to become a professional actress – a dream she’s had since she was a child where she sang in choirs, signed up to singing competitions and performed in high school and community theatre.
After dropping out of school, Sarah Butler got a job at Disneyland to play Belle in Beauty and the Beast. She worked at it for a year and a half. While she worked at Disneyland, she set out to find a talent agent and started auditioning for roles in film and television.
Butler spent the early days of her career in Hollywood auditioning for various roles across several projects until her tenacity paid off. She was cast in the police procedural shows, CSI Miami and CSI: NY. She was also cast in a film, A Couple of White Chicks at the Hair Dresser. She got her first horror film appearance in 2008 in the Syfy film, Flu Bird Horror and featured on Luke 11:17 and I Heart Vampires, both of which are web series.
Sarah Butler’s breakout role came in 2010 when she was cast as the lead for the psychological thriller, I Spit on Your Grave. The film, which was a remake of the 1978 original film, is a rape and revenge thriller. Sarah had an initial skepticism towards the role due to the excessive nudity and violence in it but according to her, she eventually connected to its feminist theme and strong character arc.
In the film, Sarah Butler plays Jennifer Hills, a writer who took up residence in the woods to write and was brutally gang-raped by a group of locals. The story chronicles her journey of revenge.
The critical review of the film was overwhelmingly negative, with numerous critics citing the false moral equivalence of the film’s plot. They did, however, commend the quality of acting in comparison to the original film. Despite the overwhelmingly negative critical opinion, the film found considerable box office success and it birthed a franchise. Sarah Butler reprised her role as Jennifer Hills in the third film.
The actress has appeared in other films and television shows like The Demented, Free Fall, The Stranger Within, Treachery, Castle, Average Joe, among others. One of the more notable shows she has appeared on includes Grey’s Anatomy. She guest starred in an episode. Her most recent work is an independent horror film, All Light Will End. The film was released in 2018.
Despite a limited filmography comprised of low budget films and poor box office returns, Sarah Butler has been able to build a net worth of $8 million. Her modest net worth is believed to be a result of the cult following of her film, I Spit On Your Grave.
Is Sarah Butler Married? Husband
Sarah Butler has so far done a good job of keeping her personal life out of the press. She was however in a public relationship with Jeff Branson from 2006 to 2010. Despite the long nature of their relationship, the couple refused to publicly state the reason for the breakup. She is still very much single and has no children.